Which stock Worth more Value? SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) or Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)

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The shares of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) declined to -0.39% closing at the price of $66.7 whereas the shares of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) declined -1.32% with the decrease of -2.17 points closing at the price of $162.39. SunTrust Banks, Inc. has currently decrease -1.43% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Union Pacific Corporation added 23.77% in the previous 6-months.

Now we have to analyze the facts that if the stocks were worthy off investors’ money? The facts to analyze here are risks, profitability, returns and price trends.

Returns and Profitability

Profitability and returns are the main reason of investment, the investors are looking for profits that they get and return they should expect over the period of time.

The first and foremost return that is considered while making an investment is the ROI or Return on Investment. The ROI is the ratio between the profit against the cost of investment. Currently the ROI of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) is 13.5% while the ROI of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is 12.8%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, STI’s EBITDA Margin is NOT AVAILABLE whereas UNP’s is 13.48.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) reported $1.49/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $1.31/share Thus beating the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 13.7 Percent. While, Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) reported EPS of $1.98/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $1.95/share depicting a Surprise of 1.5 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, SunTrust Banks, Inc. tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Union Pacific Corporation. so STI is more profitable than UNP.

Technical Analysis of SunTrust Banks, Inc. & Union Pacific Corporation

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the SunTrust Banks, Inc. was in BEARISH territory and Union Pacific Corporation was in BULLISH territory.

STI’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BULLISH with LOW volatility. While UNP’s candle is BEARISH with LOW.

EPS Growth Rate: STI’s 15.3% versus UNP’s 18.01%

Another shareholder value can be analyzed through the EPS growth rate; the next 5 years EPS growth rate is predicted by the analysts after the analyzing the previous trends. The next 5 year EPS growth rate of SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI) is predicted at 15.3% while Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) stands at 18.01%. These numbers suggest that UNP is more suitable investment in terms of EPS growth rate.

Financial Risk and Liquidity Concerns

The current ratio and the debt ratio are the two ratios that show the investor how quickly the company is able to payout its debt and how quickly it can cover its obligations. The current ratio of STI stands at 0 while UNP is at 1 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0.54 while the debt ratio of the later is 1.15.

The values of the both ratios suggest that UNP is more suitable investment when the liquidity and risk is the main concern.

Analyst Recommendations

While making an investment, another main factor to consider before investing is the analyst recommendation on the scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is strong buy, 2 is buy, 3 is hold, 4 is Sell and 5 is strong sell. Analyst recommend 2.2 for STI and 2.3 for UNP which means STI has Hold rating whereas UNP has Hold rating.

Another recommendation of analyst that is to be considered worthy is the price target. The mare price or price trend does not suggest the suitability of a stock. The price target set by analyst is also to be considered while investing as it suggests to what extent the stock will rise or fall in the near future. The price target set for STI is $77.27 which is 13.68% of its current price while UNP has price target of 166.84 which is 2.67% of its current price.

Valuation Ratios

Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.

STI currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 14.36 whereas UNP has 23.36 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 11.37 and for the later it depicts the value of 18.36.

The price to Book P/B for STI is 1.39, Price to Sale is at 4.62 and for UNP these ratios stand at 6.2 and 5.48.